Child with lighter starts fire
A house fire Sunday afternoon caused substantial damage to a single-story Hastings home at 808 W. 15th St. The fire department received the call at about 5 p.m.
The fire was started by a child, said Assistant Fire and EMS Director John Townsend. The 8-year-old was playing with a lighter in his bedroom and ignited some material from his bed. The fire grew from there.
The boy alerted his family, and they exited the home. It didn't take long for the fire to spread.